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Mind Matters

Mind Matters – News & analysis

Balfour Beatty aims to eliminate vibrating tools-Heather-Bryant

Balfour Beatty aims to eliminate vibrating toolsSubscription

Balfour Beatty wants to eliminate methods that lead to workplace injuries such as hand arm vibration syndrome (HVAS), its head of health and safety has said.

HS2 calls for supply chain ‘culture change’

HS2 calls for supply chain ‘culture change’Subscription

HS2 has called on its supply chain to “break the taboo” around mental health.

Joe Rafferty chief executive Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust

World Mental Health Day: 3 actions you can takeSubscription

The issue of suicide has been in the spotlight over recent weeks, following World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September through to World Mental Health Day, which is taking place today.


Nudge in the right direction: Using psychology to boost safetySubscription

‘Nudging’ – using psychological techniques to influence people’s behaviour – was employed by former PM David Cameron and is now being applied in the construction industry. But how effective is it? Lucy Alderson takes a look. 

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Construction's most common medical conditions: What to doSubscription

From 2014 to 2017, some 80,000 construction workers reported suffering from a medical condition caused or made worse by their work. Lucy Alderson looks at the most common problems – and best practice for tackling them.

Get support

Construction Industry Helpline 0345 605 1956 – managed and funded by the Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity
Mind, the mental health charity 0300 123 3393 – provides advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem
The Samaritans 116 123 – confidential 24-hour support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicidal thoughts

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Mental health survey: Firms 'starting to break the stigma'Subscription

Tier ones are starting to “up their game” in addressing the industry’s mental health problem but more work needs to be done, according to Skanska UK CEO and president Gregor Craig.

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You need to take action on mental healthSubscription

When you first read the results of CN’s 2018 mental health survey, you would be forgiven for thinking things are getting worse.

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Mental health: What's changed in 12 months?Subscription

Has workforce wellbeing improved since CN revealed the results of its first mental health survey in April last year – or is it still under pressure? Lucy Alderson investigates.

Gregor Craig CEO Skanska

Skanska CEO: Why mental health matters to meSubscription

Lucy Alderson sits down with Skanska UK chief executive Gregor Craig to discuss how to tackle mental health in the industry – and why the subject is close to his heart.


Emma Head safety and assurance director HS2

HS2 suppliers: Time to stop whispering about healthSubscription

Attitudes to health and safety in the construction sector have evolved a lot over the years.

Lawrence Waterman founding partner Park Health and Safety

Wellbeing – stop tossing it bananasSubscription

The Olympic Delivery Authority Health and Safety Standard, outlined in 2006, marked the first time a public project had set out its commitment and strategy in this way.